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The Jewelry Insider

February 22, 2012


It’s Oscar Week, and to get the jewelry juices flowing I’ve collected what I (humbly) think are some of the best Oscar jewelry moments for your gawking pleasure.

As with any list, I’m sure I’ve missed many of your favorites – so be sure to weigh in with your rants and raves. And no – Bjork’s “egg” didn’t make the cut.


So…without further ado…

#10 Beyonce


Beyonce was the belle of the ball at the 2005 Oscars in these huge diamond danglers – a trend I think we’ll see again on the carpet this year.

#9 Hilary Swank


I really loved the delicacy of Hilary Swank’s diamond necklace at the 2000 Oscars – a $250,000 Asprey & Garrard stunner.  This year’s Golden Globes copied the sentiment with a bevy of beauties sporting delicate neckwear in lacey silhouettes.

#8 Cher


Any Oscar Top Ten List has to include Cher, right? I’m going with her black Bob Mackie shoulder duster look from 1986 – but there are oh so many others to choose from. Where’s the Oscar nod for Burlesque, people?

#7 Nicole Kidman


2011 nominee, Nicole Kidman, has many Oscar triumphs, but I’m going with these yellow gold Indian dream catcher earrings that she paired with that history-making absynthe green Dior dress from 1995. Tom who?

#6 Amy Adams


2009 was a bang-up year for Oscar jewelry, and Amy Adams ‘almost’ won the night with this gemstone bib necklace from Fred Leighton (see #2 for the night’s big jewelry winner).

#5 Michelle Williams


This 19th century diamond necklace from Fred Leighton was the perfect complement to one of my all-time favorite Oscar gowns – the tangerine dream from Vera Wang on Michelle Williams back in 2006. I can’t WAIT to see what she’ll be wearing this year!

#4 Gwenyth Paltrow


Before she was prancing around with muppets in pink feather dusters, Gwennie made Oscar fashion history in that pale pink Ralph Lauren piece of perfection and a gorgeous 40-carat, $160,000 diamond necklace – given to her by her parents. And the world’s G-Pal love/hate relationship was born…

#3 Keira Knightley


Talk about making a statement. This vintage Bulgari collar necklace on Keira Knightley spawned an entire look-alike industry back in 2006. And with good reason, right?

#2 Angelina Jolie


Yeah. Of course. Those emeralds. I couldn’t come up with enough adjectives back in 2009to describe them. They still make my salivary glands go into overdrive.

#1 Elizabeth Taylor


What would we jewelry hounds do without Dame Liz? No one has been able to top her 1970 Oscar jewelry jaw-dropper from Cartier – a 69-carat teardrop rock aptly named the Taylor-Burton diamond that perfectly complemented her dress(!) – an Edith Head creation designed to match her friggin eyes!

Big, deep breath….


Said Ms. Taylor about her little bauble,

“Originally, I wore the diamond as a ring, but even for me it was too big, so we had Cartier design a necklace. I’m still sick that I sold it some years later.”

So what will the beautiful people bring us this year? Will Rachel Zoe go bannanas with Anne Hathaway’s Oscar style? Will Nicole Kidman bring it or bore us?  Stay tuned…and check back later in the week for my Oscar jewelry predictions!

The Jewelry Insider

February 23, 2009

Aside from the much-anticipated Angelina Jolie / Jennifer Aniston showdown, jewelry fashion was the talk of the town leading up to last night’s Oscar telecast. Diamonds? Gemstones? Gold? Would the stars bring out the bling, or would the economy force the A-list to keep the diamonds on the down-low?

Well, thank the jewelry gods above that the stars ignored the gloom and doom-ers and positively lit up the red carpet with jewels – from giant statement looks to tasteful, show-stopping diamond glamour.

The Statement Makers included a fiery Amy Adams in red Carolina Herrera and a lobster bib-sized Fred Leighton gemstone statement necklace from the 1950s, a sparkling Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli and a vintage diamond flower necklace – also from Fred Leighton, and Heidi Klum who rocked a Roland Mouret red dress with $900,000 worth of Lorraine Schwartz diamond jewels. And, of course, my winner of the night, Angelina Jolie, in Lorraine Schwartz emeralds, who reminded me how much fun it is to gasp aloud at the televsion.





Light colors with tasteful diamond looks also made a frequent appearance last night. Oscar-winner and Woody Allen muse, Penelope Cruz, looked stunning in vintage Balmain and a 69-carat cushion cut diamond necklace, a 21-carat starburst yellow diamond ring, and 11-carat diamond stud earrings – all from Chopard. That’s $3 million in diamonds in case you were wondering. Odios Mio!

And Anne Hathaway surprised us all with her musical-theater skills and her impeccable fashion sense as she glowed in Armani Prive and Cartier. I take back every evil pants-suited remark I made, Anne, after boo-hooing my way through that Shirley MacLain tribute to you.

Also on the light side of fashion was Marisa Tomei in Versace and vintage jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels that included a 1941 diamond and sapphire bracelet, a 1960 diamond ring, and 1973 lapis and diamond earrings.


Color couture
added a much needed rainbow effect as Natalie Portman was the prettiest in pink Rodarte and rocky diamonds studs, Freida Pinto stunned in purple Galiano and gemstone drop earrings, and Alica Keys shimmered in a lilac Armani Prive frock with jaw-dropping diamond-leaf earrings.
And what is a red carpet without our Metallic Mavens? Viola Davis won the category in my book with a shimmering Reem Acra gold gown and a series of icey diamond bangles. Tina Fey, whose schtick with Steve Martin made me fall in love with her all over again, wore the most stunning silvery Zac Posen number I’ve ever seen on her. And Jennifer Aniston finally gave up the black (and the pants suit) for a bejeweled Valentino number with minimal bling.

And much like Hugh Jackman’s bizarre interpretive Reader dance and the weird attempt to make a Wall-e/Jai-Ho mash up (Peter Gabriel was SO right to opt out of that one), there were some missteps worthy of mention.

Melissa Leo’s mismatched jewels did nothing to help her unfortunate gown choice, Beyonce totally misfired with this gaudy gold and black number from her mother’s line, and the ‘age appropriate’ police needed to arrest both Miley Cyrus and Sophia Loren. Not a good choice there, ladies.

And I’m going to get flack for this, but I thought both Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep could have chosen better this year. And Sarah Jessica Parker was just a bit too Glinda the Good Witch for me. There. I said it.

But all in all, the Oscars gave this jewelry hound a glittering night to remember full of worthy winners, fashion marvels and jewels, jewels, jewels. Weigh in with your own musings, jewelry lovers!

And stay tuned for my Oscar After Party jewelry remix with Halle “can your husband be any more gorgeous?” Berry, Madonna, Mickey Rourke’s Loki choker and more…